American Airlines More Choice Buy-at-the-Gate Food

Some of the nation`s most popular restaurants are sprouting wings at
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as the airport launches food sales
at American Airlines gates. DFW`s buy-at-the-gate program, launched Oct.
7, allows airport customers to buy conveniently packaged food items from
Au Bon Pain, Corner Bakery Cafe and T.G.I. Friday`s, at three gate
locations in American Airlines Terminals A and C.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport becomes the latest to sell food at
the gate, a concept that has already received favorable passenger response
in two other airports. At San Juan`s Luis Munoz Marin International
Airport, American, in conjunction with the Port Authority, Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico and Empresas Santana, is testing a buy at the gate food
program. At New York`s John F. Kennedy International Airport, American and
LSG Sky Chefs are testing the buy-at-the-gate concept with the “In-flight
Cafe” brand.
“We believe the buy-at-the-gate concept is the best option for American`s
customers, and we`re committed to supporting programs that give customers
what they value,” said Dan Garton, American`s executive vice
president-Marketing. “Available in the gate areas, these popular
restaurant brands provide even more convenience.”

Conveniently packaged items are available from $6 - $10, and a la carte
items can be purchased for less. These fresh menu selections will be easy
to carry when boarding the plane and will not count against passenger
carry-on limits. Food kiosks will be located near DFW boarding gates A18,
C19 and C27-35 and Corner Bakery Cafe will provide mobile cart service.

“American is offering a great service to its passengers, and we`re
thrilled that DFW`s concessionaires can play a key role by further
improving the travel experience at DFW Airport,” said Joe Lopano,
executive vice president - Revenue Management and Marketing at DFW
Airport. “This innovation is another positive step in providing travelers
even greater convenience and choices while at the airport.”

The food service providers agreed.


“We believe our mobile food cart approach will prove very convenient to
airline passengers at multiple gates looking for quality food on the go,”
said Jean Birch, president of Corner Bakery Cafe. “We`re excited to be
serving DFW`s customers, including passengers of American Airlines,
especially when this type of service hasn`t really been tried before and
is unique to DFW Airport.”

Jim Fisher, vice president - Marketing for Au Bon Pain, is optimistic
about the new service: “Providing our customers with a last chance to grab
a distinctive Au Bon Pain menu item is consistent with our goal of
complete hospitality. It is an opportunity to improve the in-flight
“We are pleased to partner with DFW Airport in this test,” said Tom
Koenigsberg, vice president - Marketing for T.G.I. Friday`s U.S.A. “It`s a
terrific way to offer the flying public an opportunity to have a great
tasting meal in flight.”

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and the AmericanConnection(R) regional carriers serve nearly 275 cities in
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